Social, political, and cultural myths and illusions permeate all the "liberal (ha!) arts": what we are witnessing now is an attempt to reach into the science classroom with the same vapid hands, because science is dangerous to the maintenance of illusion. Ultimately, the movement to bring religion into the classroom is not so much about religion itself, but rather the alarming consequences of clarity.
She exhibits no annoyance (a new years resolve of mine), explains her view simply and offers an opportunity to learn (that will not be taken).
This shows the huge gulf in the two different ways of thinking. On one hand is the open-minded skeptic who simply asks for the evidence. While pretty sure of the conclusion she is still willing to listen to what evidence is made available. On the other hand we have... well we can see what we have.
I didn't bother to read the whole thing but the first 3 paragraphs are as good an example of nonsense as we ever get posted. It is competitive with anything that Brad has managed and is even couched on a form that would fool the unknowing.
He has to be given credit for creativity. :)
(btw, I am not trying to use this as criticism of the content -- nothing he posts is worth bothering with. It is just sooo delicious I want to make sure that everyone notices it. )
PurpleYouko, I agree an spontaneous fission likely happens with enriched isotopes that have half lives of 2.65 years. In the natural sediments though your talking much longer half lives. If neutrons and protons are decaying into helium it appears to me to still be more of a cold fussion reaction. These decay rates are by 4 atomic weights, etc... Its not like tritium that you can hit with a hammer an get a release of neutrons. I agree neutrons are being released from radon but bonded to protons and consistently decaying by 4 atomic weights.
To produce C14 you still need N14 to absorb a neutron and you need pore spaces of a foot or more so neutrons are not absorbed instead by the sediment particles.
The link I had on Radon talked of two neutrons and two protons bonded and is expressed as the alpha decay particle being expelled out of the nucleous and gamma radiation. If you look at the decay rates the atomic weights reduce 4 for each decay, in agreement with neutrons combining with protons. This supports in the earth were seeing cold fussion not spontaneous fission. If it was spontaneous fission it should be decaying neutrons without protons like tritium. It always appears to be a proton in the works, with a reduced atomic weight of 4. This consistency supports cold fussion and not spontaneous fission, etc...